You'll notice a lot of security based stories doing the rounds currently as this week coincides with InfoSec 2009 but this could be the coolest announcement of the lot...
Here's the question: do you really need the overhead of antivirus software when not connected to the Internet? In theory, yes. In practice, not really no. Even more pertinently - as many smug Mac owners will preach - do you really want the overhead of antivirus software at all? Enter stage left Panda.
The progressive security company has launched 'Panda Cloud Antivirus', a programme which installs a thin client on your PC and does all the heavy lifting through the Cloud. Consequently Panda claims not only does Cloud Antivirus operate faster than locally installed products, but that carries virtually no footprint (17MB RAM usage in beta) and the central antivirus library is always up-to-date requiring no downloads.
Furthermore, a Cloud based antivirus solution is managed remotely making it a technophobe friendly fire and forget zone. Perhaps best of all: it is completely free!
Of course whether Panda Cloud Antivirus stays this way out of beta is another matter entirely, especially if it can deliver on such a lofty premise. One thing is for certain however: I'll certainly be giving it a go!